Academy Graduates: Register Today for the “Cybersecurity Challenges” Course

Graduates of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Certificate Program are invited to participate in this in-depth course focusing on cybersecurity challenges and best practices for local governments.

academylogoThe Academy for Excellence in Local Governance certificate program was founded by MACo and MML, is facilitated by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and is sponsored by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The Academy Graduate Program was designed to provide continuing education to public leaders in Maryland to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Graduate Program is open to those Academy Fellows who have completed the Academy core program.

The Academy will be hosting a graduate-level course for those Fellows who have completed the certificate program:

Cyber-Pixabay-1-31-2020-VWCybersecurity Challenges Confronting Local Government – Good Responses, Best Responses, and Practical Measures

2019 saw a continuation of a worsening trend of local governments being targets for ransomware attack, leading to extortion attempts and disruption of government operations.

Recovery from these attacks can be both time-consuming and expensive. Re-infection with malware also frequently occurs, drawing into question whether ransomware solutions actually work. Fostering greater awareness of risk factors from ransomware—and improving cyber incident response should such attacks occur—is a growing requirement.

This course offers a future-oriented simulation – in the shape of a table-tp exercise that explores some of the decision-making dilemmas confronting officials that deal with cyber-attacks, data theft, and ransomware exploitation.

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 9 am – 3 pm

Location: LGIT, 7225 Parkway Dr, Hanover, MD 21076

Price: $125

Participants: This course is only open to Graduate Fellows of the Academy – those who have completed the certificate program. Contact to check on the status of your Fellowship.

Register by March 20 by emailing